[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Kronenwetter 1-28-2014 by Ord. No. 14-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- OAK WILT FUNGUS
- Ceratocystis fagacearum, a disease of oak trees carried by way of grafted root systems between infected and healthy trees or by insects carrying spores.
The following are declared to be public nuisances whenever and wherever they may be found within the designated oak wilt control areas:
Any living or standing tree or part thereof in the red oak group, such as red oak, pin oak, and black oak, infected to any degree with the oak wilt fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum.
Any living or standing tree in the white oak group, such as white oak, and bur oak, that poses a threat of transmission of the oak wilt fungus to other trees of the same species through interconnected root systems.
Any parts of infected oaks that do not have bark removed, including logs, branches, stumps and firewood.
To control overland spread of oak wilt, pruning, cutting or other wounding of oaks is prohibited, from April 15 until August 15, without written approval from the Village. During this period (April 15 until August 15), if wounding occurs or pruning is necessary in response to an emergency (storm, equipment damage), a tree wound dressing shall be applied within 24 hours to each wound. The cut surface of stumps from living, noninfected oaks shall be immediately painted with a tree wound dressing.
Any diseased material to be used as fuel wood or to be salvaged for other purposes must be debarked or completely covered by heavy plastic (minimum of 4 mil) for a period of time from April 15 until August 15. Between April 15 and August 15, stumps of infected trees shall be removed or debarked to ground-line to eliminate all possibilities of formation of fungal mats and overland spread by insects. Between April 15 and August 15, any branch greater than two inches in diameter shall be disposed of by burning, chipping, or removal to an authorized dump site.